Because of These Predictions for 2010 . . . Not!

Posted by Webster 
Ohhhhh-kaaaay. It’s the end of the year and bloggers are making predictions for 2010. I am a blogger now, so I must make predictions.

Vroom-vroom. Warming up the crystal ball. Vrooooom. I’m feeling it now (left).

Prediction: Katie and I will stay married (twenty-five years and counting). We will not buy a pet (don’t ask). Each of our daughters will continue along an exciting new career path (each has already taken the first step). We will not have grandchildren (unless someone has taken a step I don’t know about).

Prediction: Father Barnes will give stellar homilies, daily. Ferde will not. Nor will Ferde join the choir. But he will continue to set me straight on just about everything else Catholic. He will almost always be right.

Prediction: I will attend the funeral of at least one dear friend. Five years ago, I would not have made this prediction. Why today? (a) I’m five years older. (b) So are my friends. (c) I am a Catholic now, I have many more friends, and some are quite a bit older than me. This funeral will be profoundly moving, whether of my closest friend or the most anonymous lady at morning Mass. I will begin feeling like Ruth Gordon in the film Harold and Maude. Or Bud Cort, who befriended her.

Prediction: The Yankees will outspend every other Major League team, and still Elizabeth will continue to pray (and Tweet insanely at all hours) for them. If the Yankees lose, it will be because of the intercession of my father, who is in heaven. Dad hated the Yankees, loved the Mets.

Prediction: Through our prayers and much additional higher help, both the absolute number and the rate of abortions will continue to drop in this country. Meanwhile, our president and most members of Congress will continue to do the wrong thing, proving again that prayer is more effective than politics.

Prediction: My Pope will continue to be the most significant, erudite, and compassionate leader in the world. The Catholic Church will continue to grow, nationwide and worldwide, despite all the worst intentions and acts of men and women, lay and ordained. Meanwhile, some bishop somewhere will do something really stupid. Maybe two bishops.

Prediction: YIM Catholic will have more readers by year-end than it does today. Frank will continue to develop his singular voice as the mad-dog Marine convert and indispensable wing-man. And each of us, Frank and I, will write something really stupid, further infuriating and befuddling the women in our lives—mothers, wives, daughters, hairdressers . . .

Prediction: The Second Coming won’t come. Unless it does. My First Going is more likely. . . . When was my last Confession?

  • Mary P.

    May we predict that you and Frank will continue to blog? I hope so! You just showed how brave you are, Webster. I'm too chicken to try to look too far into the road ahead. But I predict that something will happen in 2010 that will absolutely astound me. I had no idea 2009 would take me where it has! I could never have guessed it in a million years. But I am grateful for every moment (many) and painful (just a few, but almost all with happy results). In that view, I'm going to just sit back and try to be a good passenger to wherever the Lord drives me. I hope (and will be praying) that 2010 will be good to us all! Happy New Year to you two, your beloved families, and the other grateful readers of YIMC!

  • Webster Bull

    Thanks, Mary. It really is about letting the Lord drive, isn't it?Yes, if Frank tolerates me, *WE* will continue to blog!!I think it was a great naval hero who said, "We have not yet begun to blog!" Wasn't it, Frank?

  • Frank

    Something like that…;-)

  • Patrick

    Webster:Although I have never prayed for a victory or a winning season, I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I believe it would be more appropriate for a Catholic to be a Cardinals fan. First, there is the obvious, the name: Cardinals. Hello. Second, they are a mid-market team, not one of the big spenders like the Yankees or Mets. I'm not sure that a 200 million payroll is very Catholic. In fact, I think they are more protestant, almost mega-church like. Third, the Cardinals have modest saints, like Stan Musial. Finally, Cardinals fans are very passive compared to those of the Yankees. More pacifistic. As you have made clear, you are a pacifist. Accordingly, I trust you will henceforth swear your allegiance to the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Anonymous

    Happy New Year to you two, Webster and Frank.May the Lord bless you and keep you.May the Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.May the Lord be kind to you and give you peace."And Mary treasured all this things and pondered them in her heart."MosesKL, MY

  • Webster Bull

    Patrick, LOL! Good points all, except the pacifist part. Frank is turning me into a regular hard-ass (oops, can I say that in a Catholic blog?). If you scratch me I am actually a Minnesota Twins fan. Talk about a mid-to-small market team and one that has done a pretty good job of managing on a mingy payroll. Two World Championships since the mid-1980s, and often in contention. And we can still hate the Yankees together, along with my father (oops, can I say "hate" in a Catholic blog? may have to confess that one).Happy New Year to you and to you too, Moses, praying for us in Kuala Lumpur while we sleep! Thanks, Moses.

  • Mary P.

    Wait a minute. What about the Angels? Don't they trump the Cardinals?

  • Frank

    Mary P: Aw, heck no! Go Dodgers ;-)

  • Jason

    Well, it was an admirable attempt, but you are no Sylvia Browne :)The prediction business requires equal parts boldness and unapologetic failure. Like mine: